Law's Empire

Law's Empire is a 1986 text in legal philosophy by Ronald Dworkin, in which the author continues his criticism of the philosophy of legal positivism as promoted by H.L.A. Hart during the middle to late 20th century. The book notably introduces Dworkin's Judge Hercules as an idealized version of a jurist with extraordinary legal skills who is able to challenge various predominating schools of legal interpretation and legal hermeneutics prominent throughout the 20th century.[1] Judge Hercules is eventually challenged by Judge Hermes, another idealized version of a jurist who is affected by an affinity to respecting historical legal meaning arguments which do not affect Judge Hercules in the same manner. Judge Hermes' theory of legal interpretation is found by Dworkin in the end to be inferior to the approach of Judge Hercules.

Law's Empire
Cover of the first edition
AuthorRonald Dworkin
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectJurisprudence
PublisherBelknap Press
Publication date
1986
Media typePrint
Pages470
ISBN9780674518353 (1st ed)
OCLC631282485